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  • EU Policy Update - June 2021

    2021-07-12 EU Policy Updates

    In a nutshell: The European Commission published a proposal on European Digital Identity, and adopted new sets of standard contractual clauses to provide more guidance on compliance with Schrems II. The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the EU Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade. Members of the European Parliament proposed amendments to the Draft report on the NIS2 proposal and numerous opinions on the DSA and the NIS2 proposals throughout different committees. The European Court of Justice delivered judgments in cases concerning platforms’ liability for copyright infringements, copyright infringements through peer-to-peer networks, and in a jurisdictional dispute over the ‘one-stop shop’ mechanism in the GDPR. 

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  • CENTR publishes the CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q1/2021

    2021-06-30 News

    The CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q1/2021 has been published. It covers the global status and registration trends in all top-level domains (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs), with a specific focus on the European ccTLD market. 

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  • CENTR publishes its Report on ICANN71

    2021-06-21 News

    CENTR has published its Report on ICANN71, which took place virtually last week. For this meeting, rather than covering all the sessions in the GAC and ccNSO, CENTR selected the most relevant themes from the ICANN meeting, keep an eye on longer term trends and offering an analysis where relevant for ccTLDs. We published a series of blogposts over the week, which were gather together in the final report, along with some additional updates.

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  • CENTR publishes its Tech Trends Watch Q2/2021

    2021-06-21 News

    CENTR is excited to share the third edition of its Tech Trends Watch, which aims to give an overview of current and upcoming changes in technology from a range of standards development organisations and other technology forums, keeping in mind underlying geopolitical and industrial movements and in particular tracing the trends that may have an impact on the addressing and numbering communities.

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  • ICANN71: Data accuracy obligation and EPDP - what’s next?

    2021-06-18 Blog

    Three years after the EU GDPR entered into force, the ICANN community is still debating the emergency measures with regard to data protection of gTLD registration data. Before the GDPR, gTLD registration data was publicly available, but the accuracy of this data is an issue that the community was facing long before that. In 2021, the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) moved on to Phase 2A, with one main issue in focus: the distinction between natural and legal persons in the domain name registration process. Meanwhile, the EPDP’s previous Phase 1 and Phase 2 policy recommendations are facing further implementation challenges: inter-dependencies between issues in different phases and disagreements on issues of importance to the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). On top of everything, other regulatory developments, such as the EU NIS 2 Directive proposal, could have a further impact on the outcomes of the EPDP, with some constituencies calling for a halt to the EPDP Phase 2 recommendations. Registration data accuracy discussions are also steadily picking up, in light of the EU NIS 2 proposal.

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